Newport alum Caleb Cross qualifies for 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in 60 meter hurdles

FAYETTEVILLE (UofA) - The NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Committee has released the accepted entries list for the 2012 NCAA Championships to be contested March 9-10 at the Jacksons Track in Nampa, Idaho. The No. 2 University of Arkansas men's track and field team collected 10 national entries spread among eight student-athletes, two relays and eight events.

Four of Arkansas' 10 entries at the national meet are NCAA automatic qualifiers with Andrew Irwin in the pole vault, Kevin Lazas in the heptathlon, Gunnar Nixon in the heptathlon and the team's 4x400-meter relay. Entering the championship event, the Razorbacks have nation-leading marks in the pole vault, heptathlon and 4x400-meter relay.

Arkansas will also be represented at the national meet by Neil Braddy at 400 meters, Caleb Cross in the 60-meter hurdles, Akheem Gauntlett at 200 meters, Noah Kittelson in the high jump, Marek Niit at 400 meters and the distance-medley relay team. In the final weekend of qualifying, Kittelson and the Razorbacks' DMR posted the marks that got them into the championship event. Gauntlett, Kittelson and Nixon will be making their NCAA debuts.

The 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships will be streamed live on Friday, March 9 from 6:30-10:45 p.m. (CT) and Saturday, March 10 from 7-10:15 p.m. and will stream portions of the meet not covered by ESPN3 beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. A tape delay broadcast of the national meet will air Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

A new team ranking from the USTFCCCA will be released Tuesday based solely on the NCAA entries lists. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit

Arkansas' NCAA Entries

Automatic Qualifiers
Andrew Irwin - pole vault (No. 1 - 5.53m/18-1.75)
Kevin Lazas - heptathlon (No. 4 - 5,920 points)
Gunnar Nixon - heptathlon (No. 1 - 6,022 points)

4x400-meter relay (No. 1 - 3:03.76)

Neil Braddy - 400m (No. 12 - 46.28)
Caleb Cross - 60mH (No. 6 - 7.71)
Akheem Gauntlett - 200m (No. 4 - 20.75)
Noah Kittelson - high jump (No. 16 - 2.22m/7-3.25)
Marek Niit - 400m (No. 11 - 46.28)

Distance-medley relay (No. 8 - 9:31.48)